The perfect soundtrack for a mellow coffee hour


For our latest collaborative playlist, the editing staff has created a stellar list of songs that can be heard in coffee shops. Ranging from soothing to upbeat, this genre of music is perfect for early mornings or late nights with a cup of your favorite beverage by your side. You can listen to the playlist on Spotify (link at the bottom of the page)!

Taylor Lee

“Applesauce” by Sam.Sts

Applesauce is just so catchy! It makes me wanna sway my hips somethin’ serious.

Other Picks: “Stop Selling Her Drugs” by Baker (feat. Dominic Fike), “Beach Bummer” by No Vacation

Zach Steward

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

I first heard “What a Wonderful World” in a movie when I was younger, and it stuck. It’s sad, soulful, beautiful, powerful, and it makes you ponder about life in ways you might not have thought of before.

Other Picks: “Brooklyn in the Summer” by Aloe Blacc, “Hate That I Love You” by Rihanna, “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

Sean Dunham

“Good Days” by SZA

“Good Days” is one of SZA’s best singles, hands down. I love the slow tempo and smooth instrumentals throughout the song, which makes me drift into a calmer state of mind. Time seems to move slower when this song appears on my playlist. This is such an easy song to listen to on repeat, especially when you are studying or in need of some chill vibes. SZA’s vocals are truly beautiful and really shine through in “Good Days,” serving as a great listening choice for coffee hour.

Other Picks: “Renee’s Song” by Bazzi, “Easily” by Bruno Major, “Get You” by Daniel Caesar (feat. Kali Uchis), “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate” by Briston Maroney

Isabel Guilmette

“Upgrade” by Joji

OK, Confession time: I used to work at a coffee shop through high school and my first year of college. It was really small scale and local owned, so every shift I worked, someone would just call dibs on the aux for our one little speaker in the shop. Whenever it was my turn, it was either A) All of Lady Gaga’s chromatica (major coffee shop vibes, I know), or Joji’s Nectar.

This is such an underrated song, it’s so laid back in comparison to the rest of the thematically scattered album. Joji’s performance is playful, and the bossa nova influence is fun but not too exciting, perfect for a nice cup of coffee and vibing.

Other Picks: “My Jinji” by Sunset Rollercoaster, “Don’t Leave Me Behind” by Gym and Swim, “Sunday Morning” by Maroon V, “Gravity” by John Mayer

Abbie Gracie

“Painting (Masterpiece)” by Lewis Del Mar

Painting is one of my favorite songs. It’s so fun and makes me feel warm.

Other Picks: “The Most Beautiful Thing” by Bruno Major, “Only Wanna Be With You (unplugged)” by Samm Henshaw

Aaron Vincent Facundo

“Pâquerette (Without Me)” by With Confidence

Pâquerette by With Confidence is such a sad song, yet I find myself playing it no matter what mood I’m in. There’s something soothing about this song even though the lyrics are so sad. It does help me settle in and focus before a long study session. What I love is that there’s another version of this song by With Confidence called “Without Me (Pâquerette)” which is a lot more hardcore and punk despite having the same sad lyrics. Regardless, this soothing will forever be one of my favorite songs ever.

Other Picks: “Coffee Shop Soundtrack” by All Time Low, “Catie Rae” by This Wild Life, “I Would Hate you if I Could” by Turnover, “Invisible” by Dandelion Hands

Tristan Smith

“Coffee” by Miguel

“Coffee” by Miguel is a Coffee shop song that’s ironically not about Coffee, but sex and falling in love. I personally find this comparison fitting. The first sip of warm coffee on a cold, dewey morning provides a cathartic feeling that can’t be understated.

Other Picks: “Celebrate by Anderson .Paak, “Food” by BADBADNOTGOOD

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